Including: Grace & Vincent J. Carchidi, Sr., and extended family/friends.
Sons: Vincent Carchidi, Kenneth Carchidi, Nicholas Carchidi
a.) Base: Cellulose Acetate Propionate or Cellulose Triacetate (Possibly)
b.) Film Type: Length of film in feet: Unknown, Possibly 8mm Film
c.) Model (Edge Code): Unknown
d.) Processing Technique: Unknown
2.) Locations & Dates of Filming:
South Philadelphia, PA., & undocumented locations.
3.) Preservation Specifications:
a.) At the time of this writing, the original source material 8mm film is no longer in existence. Grandfather, Vincent J. Carchidi Sr., had taken the original source 8mm film to a film-to-video transfer shop which was (c.1980's) located in The Gallery at Market East at 9th and Market Streets in Philadelphia, PA. The name of the shop is unknown, and is no longer in business.
Due to lack of highest-quality playback machines available (ie: broadcast VCR tape dubbing/decks are still in high-demand/cost), an acceptable, but non-archival re-recording was produced via Panasonic & Sony VCR tape machines through analog-signal coaxial cables. The source material (Kodak Video Cassette T-120, 30+ years old) was re-recorded onto a brand new TDK VHS T-120, "Ultimate Quality", EHG 6-Hour EP cassette tape. This re-recording took place August 14th, 2010. Prior to the re-recording, a digital capture was produced of the original 30+year old Kodak Video Cassette, using the consumer-grade Diamond One-Touch Video Capture Device, over S-Video and RCA cables, which fed the video and sound signals through a USB cable and produced a raw, uncompressed NTSC 720x480 30FPS .mpg video file.
Per TDK's commercial product description,
"TDK Life on Record EHG VHS videotape features an archive-quality formulation, designed for maximum quality reproduction of movies and any content you want to preserve in your permanent video library. Taping on TDK EHG in the EP (Extended Play) mode often results in better picture quality than recording in the SP (Standard Play) mode with a standard-grade tape, making it an excellent choice for taping long programs such as sporting events. Each tape comes in a handy case for labeling and storage."
b.) Future preservation plans may include a second re-recording over composite video cables, using broadcast-quality VCR decks which, if used for this process, will undergo inspection and head cleaning prior to mechanical insertion of the TDK VHS cassette. However, it is important to note that each time a re-recording is made, information loss in the color-spectrum may occur which may will result in a slightly faded appearance of the video content (ie: The way words on a piece of paper fade each time you make a photocopy of a photocopy of a photocopy, etc.)
January 1, 2018 Subject:
Includes Instrumental Music
Strictly family footage that includes a soundtrack of 60s instrumental music which, although from a different era, does enhance the film.
Edit: @Carchidi Family - Thanks for the additional information. Just FYI, in general, I think addition of a soundtrack enhances the home movie experience as I think it enhanced this film as well. Thank You!
April 10, 2017 Subject:
Response to "Includes Instrumental Music"
Hi there, yes, unfortunately it does include the music. I had no input in selecting to put music to the footage at all.
Whoever my grandfather entrusted the conversion of 8mm film to VHS tape to, decided to put a musical soundtrack matching the style of footage. Unfortunately, I don't have any details about what music was used (though this footage can also be found on my YouTube channel, and YouTube's copyright music detection is able to identify some tracks used.)
But I thought I would respond just to clarify that I wasn't the one to incorporate the music. That was there on the original VHS tape and I chose to leave it in when I went ahead with digitization.
Like the description says, the 8mm film has long since been lost to history. Otherwise, 2K archival film scanning would've been performed instead of from the VHS cassette tape recording.